The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer

4.03 avg rating
( 4,207 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780141981512: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Winner of the British Book Design and Production Award for Graphic Novels
Winner of the Neumann Prize in the History of Mathematics

In The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage Sydney Padua transforms one of the most compelling scientific collaborations into a hilarious set of adventures

Meet two of Victorian London's greatest geniuses... Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron: mathematician, gambler, and proto-programmer, whose writings contained the first ever appearance of general computing theory, a hundred years before an actual computer was built. And Charles Babbage, eccentric inventor of the Difference Engine, an enormous clockwork calculating machine that would have been the first computer, if he had ever finished it.

But what if things had been different? The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage presents a delightful alternate reality in which Lovelace and Babbage do build the Difference Engine and use it to create runaway economic models, battle the scourge of spelling errors, explore the wider realms of mathematics and, of course, fight crime - for the sake of both London and science. Extremely funny and utterly unusual, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage comes complete with historical curiosities, extensive footnotes and never-before-seen diagrams of Babbage's mechanical, steam-powered computer. And ray guns.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

So impossibly funny, clever, demented, charming and altogether wonderful that I was a convert within three pages. Buy it for everyone you know, regardless of what you think they like. Brilliant stuff (Lucy Mangan, Book of the Year Stylist)

My new favourite book. It has everything. Byron, maths, imaginary computers, emotion (Matt Haig, author of Reasons to Stay Alive)

A rip-roaring caper engulfed in footnotes of quotes, quips and illuminating asides... the book does more than simply celebrate the genius of the first computer programmer, it encourages us to turn our imagination to technology - just as Lovelace did. And that's an inspiration to us all (Nicola Davis Observer Tech Monthly)

The wittiest, best-researched and most original tribute yet paid to the achievements of Lord Byron's brilliant, tearaway and tragically short-lived child, Ada Lovelace... An astonishing debut... a book that ought to be ordered in triplicate by every school in the land... Ingenious as a textbook, marvellous fun as inventive biography (Miranda Seymour Literary Review)

A stylish, funny graphic novel featuring Ada Lovelace, estranged daughter of Lord Byron, and co-programmer, had it ever been built, of the "mathematical engine". Playful, earnest, and beautifully drawn, the book cuts a swathe through early computing theory, explores Ada's relationship with Charles Babbage, and brings to the fore one of the unsung heroines of science (Sarah Hall Independent)

Rich with in-jokes, warmth and charm... It's difficult not to be ignited by Sydney Padua's enthusiasm. There is so much to discover that I'll treasure my copy for years to come (Hannah Fry BBC Focus)

There is no way around this, Sydney Padua's Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is bloody brilliant... and educational too (Robin Ince)

I love it... everyone is getting a copy (Martha Lane Fox)

Wonderful and genuinely informative... Padua's gorgeous art and very funny text are combined with factual footnotes to create an utterly unique and enormously enjoyable book (Anna Carey Irish Times)

Sydney Padua's smart and sassy steampunk science graphic novel is a delightful mixture of research and invention, dressed up in Padua's bouncy cartooning. If nothing else, it is one of the best introductions to its real-life heroine, proto-computer programmer Ada Lovelace, you could wish for. If only all science lessons could be this much fun (Herald Scotland)

About the Author:

Sydney Padua is an animator and visual effects artist, usually employed in making giant monsters appear to be attacking people for the movies. She started drawing comics by accident with the webcomic 2D Goggles or The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage and is still trying to figure out how to stop. Originally from the Canadian prairie, she now lives in London with her husband and far too many books.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy Used
Condition: Very Good
All orders are dispatched the following... Learn more about this copy

Shipping: 5.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780307908278: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer (Pantheon Graphic Library)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 0307908275 ISBN 13: 9780307908278
Publisher: Pantheon, 2015
Hardcover

9780141981536: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer

Penguin, 2016
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

1.

Padua, Sydney
Published by Particular Books (2015)
ISBN 10: 0141981512 ISBN 13: 9780141981512
Used Hardcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
Goldstone Books
(Llandybie, United Kingdom)

Book Description Particular Books, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. All orders are dispatched the following working day from our UK warehouse. Established in 2004, we have over 500,000 books in stock. No quibble refund if not completely satisfied. Seller Inventory # mon0005496317

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
7.87
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

Padua, Sydney
Published by Particular Books (1800)
ISBN 10: 0141981512 ISBN 13: 9780141981512
Used Paperback Quantity available: 11
Seller:
WorldofBooks
(Goring-By-Sea, WS, United Kingdom)

Book Description Particular Books, 1800. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR006694938

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
7.88
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 8
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

3.

Padua, Sydney
Published by Particular Books (1800)
ISBN 10: 0141981512 ISBN 13: 9780141981512
Used Paperback Quantity available: 2
Seller:
WorldofBooks
(Goring-By-Sea, WS, United Kingdom)

Book Description Particular Books, 1800. Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR008641853

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
7.88
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 8
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

4.

Padua, Sydney
Published by Particular Books (1800)
ISBN 10: 0141981512 ISBN 13: 9780141981512
Used Paperback Quantity available: 1
Seller:
WorldofBooks
(Goring-By-Sea, WS, United Kingdom)

Book Description Particular Books, 1800. Paperback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Seller Inventory # GOR010795944

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
7.88
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 8
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

5.

Padua, Sydney
Published by Particular Books (1800)
ISBN 10: 0141981512 ISBN 13: 9780141981512
Used Hardcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
MusicMagpie
(Stockport, United Kingdom)

Book Description Particular Books, 1800. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1611851469. Seller Inventory # U9780141981512

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
10.72
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5.49
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

6.

Sydney Padua
Published by Particular Books 21/04/2015 (2015)
ISBN 10: 0141981512 ISBN 13: 9780141981512
Used Hardcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
Bahamut Media
(Reading, United Kingdom)

Book Description Particular Books 21/04/2015, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in very good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Seller Inventory # 6545-9780141981512

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
10.48
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6.98
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

7.

Padua, Sydney
Published by Particular Books (2015)
ISBN 10: 0141981512 ISBN 13: 9780141981512
Used Hardcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
WeBuyBooks
(Rossendale, LANCS, United Kingdom)

Book Description Particular Books, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Very Good: a copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # wbb0016070309

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
10.70
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 8.30
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

8.

Padua, Sydney
Published by - (1800)
ISBN 10: 0141981512 ISBN 13: 9780141981512
Used Hardcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
AwesomeBooks
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)

Book Description -, 1800. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. Seller Inventory # 7719-9780141981512

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
12.28
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6.98
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

9.

Padua, Sydney
Published by Particular Books (2015)
ISBN 10: 0141981512 ISBN 13: 9780141981512
Used Hardcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)

Book Description Particular Books, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: Good. USED BUT OTHERWISE OF GOOD QUALITY ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Seller Inventory # mon0005873466

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
7.87
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 11.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

10.

Padua, Sydney
Published by Particular Books (2015)
ISBN 10: 0141981512 ISBN 13: 9780141981512
Used Hardcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
WeBuyBooks
(Rossendale, LANCS, United Kingdom)

Book Description Particular Books, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # wbb0015558883

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
12.17
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 8.30
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book